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By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
March 27, 2018
Category: Internal Medicine

Discover the many ways nutritional counseling could improve your diet and your wellbeing.nutritional counseling

While reaching for that ice cream or ordering that slice of pizza every once in a while isn’t bad, if you find that foods like this have become staples in your diet, it might be time to talk to someone who can help set things straight. Whether you are dealing with a chronic disease or you want to lose weight, there are many people who can benefit from visiting our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb, for nutritional counseling.

What is nutritional counseling?

Nutritional counseling is a great way for patients to put their diet under the microscope and to create a healthier diet and lifestyle to improve their health and wellbeing.

During your first visit, Woodbridge doctor will sit down with you to learn about your current diet and eating habits. We will also talk to you about your current and long-term nutritional goals. From there we will create a plan that will help you meet your goals.

Who should consider nutritional counseling?

Anyone, regardless of age, who wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle can benefit from getting nutritional counseling. Our plans cater to your needs. Whether you want to improve your athletic performance, reduce your risk of developing diabetes or just lose weight, we can help you achieve these goals through healthier nutritional choices.

Plus, many people feel lost when it comes what foods to eat and proper portion sizes. We can help you better understand what foods are healthy and what foods to avoid. You might be surprised to discover that some of the foods you were consuming actually weren’t that healthy for you. Nutritional counseling isn’t a diet or a “lose-weight-quick scheme," it’s a medical and safe approach to healthier living to improve your physical well-being and to reduce your risk of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

If you want to maintain a healthy body and mind it starts with your diet. Call Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, today to find out how nutritional counseling could change your lifestyle.

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
December 21, 2017
Tags: Menopause  

The symptoms of menopause can create an uncomfortable and irritating situation. However, your doctor can help you manage these menopausesymptoms and help you move through menopause with ease. Find out more about managing menopause symptoms and why women's health is important with women's health specialist, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA.

What is menopause? 
All women experience menopause at some point in their lives, usually around the age of 40. Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and is no longer able to reproduce. This happens because the ovaries, which house the eggs, stop releasing eggs every month. This, in turn, ceases to trigger a menstrual cycle. Some women go through menopause before 40, a process known as early menopause. This most often occurs due to outside influences like chemotherapy or hysterectomy.

Am I going through menopause? 
The symptoms of menopause can begin well before the ovaries cease to produce eggs completely. The most common early indicators of menopause include hot flashes which result in a flushed appearance and increased perspiration. However, there are other, less obvious symptoms which may indicate that you are approaching menopause, including:

  • irregular periods
  • headaches
  • racing heart
  • insomnia
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
  • joint and muscle pain
  • depression
  • irritability
  • changes in libido

Managing the Symptoms of Menopause in Woodbridge, VA
While menopause can cause discomfort and an irritating daily situation, your doctor can help you manage its symptoms. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy can help manage the dip in estrogen experienced during menopause. Managing the symptoms of menopause with diet has also proven to be successful in some studies. Foods high in calcium and plant estrogens can help manage symptoms. Consult with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you and your changing hormones.

For more information on managing the symptoms of menopause or menopause in general, please contact your women's health specialist, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 494-4116 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Al-Khateeb today!

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
November 03, 2017
Category: Internal Medicine
Tags: Acute Disease  

How your doctor in Woodbridge can helpacute disease

Acute diseases and illnesses can occur without warning, and can stop you in your tracks. You feel miserable and you miss work. Your symptoms get worse and you soon find yourself not being able to do the activities and tasks to get through your day. The good news is there is help to treat acute diseases and illnesses. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA wants to share the facts about acute disease management.

Acute illnesses and diseases happen suddenly and generally only last a few days or a few weeks. They can be caused by an infection or by a virus. They can also be brought on by an accident, injury or problems with medications.

Acute illnesses can include:

  • Bronchitis or an asthma attack
  • Burns or broken bones
  • A cold, strep throat, or the flu
  • Respiratory infection or pneumonia

Fortunately, some acute illnesses can go away with little or no treatment. Other conditions like infections can be treated with antibiotics. Cold and flu symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications.

There are other acute diseases and illnesses which are more serious and should be managed by a physician. Severe acute conditions like an asthma attack or appendicitis are medical emergencies and can threaten your life if you don’t seek out immediate treatment.

Your doctor at Ridgeview Internal Medicine will begin your treatment by recording your medical history and performing a thorough medical examination, including listing your symptoms and the onset and duration of your symptoms.

You are the most important part of your healthcare team, so it’s important to ask any questions you may have about your health and your treatment. By partnering together, you and your doctor can create a short-term plan to deal with your acute disease, and a long-term plan to ensure your continuing good health.

For more information about acute disease treatment and other medical issues, call Dr. Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA. Call today and get started protecting your health!

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
August 30, 2017
Tags: Preventative Care  

Regular check ups and health screenings can help you avoid serious diseases. Unfortunately, too many people only visit the doctor whenPreventative Care they're sick. Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine explains how you can benefit from preventative care.

What is preventative care?

It's much easier to prevent health problems than to treat them. Unfortunately, if you don't visit the doctor for wellness visits, you'll be unable to identify your risk factors for common diseases and conditions. For example, high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease. If you never have a blood test, you may not realize you have the condition until significant damage has been done to your heart.

What does preventative care cover?

In addition to an annual physical exam, preventative care may also include several types of screenings, including:

  • Blood Tests: Blood test can detect type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, anemia, HIV and other diseases and conditions. Because there are no symptoms in the early stages of many diseases, blood tests are important diagnostic tools.
  • Blood Pressure Screenings: High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart disease, and heart failure. If your blood pressure is only slightly high during a visit to our Woodbridge office, you may be able to lower it with exercise, weight loss, and a healthy diet. Blood pressure medication will help you avoid the devastating consequences of the condition if making lifestyle changes doesn't lower your blood pressure.
  • Weight Checks: An expanding waistline doesn't only affect your appearance, but can have a serious impact on your health. We can offer advice that will help you slim down and improve your health.
  • Breast and Pelvic Examinations: Both types of examinations help your doctor spot abnormalities or signs of cancer in your breasts and reproductive organs.
  • Mammograms: Mammograms detect lumps deep inside your breasts. If you do happen to have breast cancer, early treatment is the best way to protect your health.
  • Prostate Examinations: Prostate examinations are particularly important if you're a man over 40. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Association.

Maintain your good health with preventative care. Call Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine at (703) 494-4116 to schedule a check up.

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
June 27, 2017
Category: Internal Medicine
Tags: Women's Health  

Do you have questions about common health issues that affect women? Our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of women's healthRidgeview Internal Medicine, discusses several conditions and diseases that may impact your health.

How can I reduce my risk of osteoporosis?

Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, but post-menopausal women have a higher incidence of the bone disease. When you develop osteoporosis, your bone density decreases, increasing the risk of a fracture even if you only have a minor fall. Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can decrease your risk, although you still may need to take a calcium supplement. It's also important to participate in exercises that help strengthen your bones, such as walking, running or aerobics, in addition to using weights or resistance bands a few times a week.

What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Symptoms vary depending on the type of STD you have, but are often mild, at least at first. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Warts, ulcers or blisters
  • Itching
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fever or nausea

Schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office if you notice any of these symptoms. If we suspect your symptoms are caused by a sexually transmitted disease, we'll recommend an STD test. Yearly STD tests are recommended for all sexually active women.

What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available that can help, such as:

  • Bladder training
  • Scheduled bathroom trips
  • Botox injections
  • Kegel exercises
  • Medications that treat overactive bladder and urge incontinence
  • Electrical stimulation treatment
  • Pessaries, internal devices that support the bladder
  • Surgery

Will my uterine fibroids go away?

Uterine fibroids don't usually go away completely, but they do shrink after menopause. Unfortunately, if you're experiencing heavy, prolonged periods, you probably don't want to wait until menopause to find some relief. Medications can help relieve the heavy bleeding, but they won't shrink the fibroids. Many women find relief with a variety of minimally invasive procedures that destroy the fibroids, such as myomectomy, myolysis and uterine artery embolization.

Are you concerned about a women's health issue. Schedule an appointment with our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine, by calling (703) 494-4116.





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